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Blackhawks winger Viktor Stalberg is still in Joel Quenneville's dog house. | AP

Blackhawks winger Viktor Stalberg was still in a white jersey, still skating outside the top four lines at Friday's practice, meaning he'll likely be a healthy scratch again in Saturday's Game 2 against the Detroit Wings.

"It's frustrating, obviously," Stalberg said. "Can't really make it too much about yourself, it's about winning games right now, and we won. It was a good start to the series, that's what it's about right now."

Stalberg shed a little light on to what his benching's about. While Hawks coach Joel Quenneville wouldn't get into specifics, Stalberg said he was told to be more intense and play harder.

"It's nothing you've never heard before," Stalberg said. "Most guys, when they're not playing, get to hear that. Nothing too different, but he wants me to produce more and be more effective out there. Hopefully I can get back and I'll try to make a difference."

While preaching shared responsibilities, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville revealed some of his plans for his hand-picked coaching staff for the coming season.

"Jamie [Kompon] may have the power play and [Mike Kitchen] may get the [penalty kill], but we'll all have some input," Quenneville said during the Hawks convention at the Hilton Chicago.

The idea that Kompon, who was named Mike Haviland's replacement last week, may be disconcerting for some Hawks fans, especially with the power play's ineffectiveness being a spark for change and internal conflict last season.

The Hawks had the No. 26 power play last season and Haviland eventually was made the scapegoat for it, among other things.


Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville feels like it will ultimately be his decision when deciding who replaces the recently fired Mike Haviland on the team's bench.

Whether that's truly the case remains to be seen. But Quenneville was asked what he's looking for in an assistant coach going forward.


Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was fuming and had every right to be.

Quenneville had just seen his star winger Marian Hossa carried off the ice on a stretcher for an illegal head hit by Coyotes agitator Raffi Torres, and no penalties were called. So he ripped the referees for it.

But now, he's got to pay.

By Ben Meyer-Abbott

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Game 1 of the Blackhakws' first-round series against the Phoenix Coyotes wasn't a fun night for anyone on the team, especially defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson and Sean O'Donnell.

DENVER -- It's the fourth time in Joel Quenneville's four seasons behind the Blackhawks bench that there's a focus on who starts in net down the stretch and backstops the team into the playoffs, maintaining the notion that he's impatient with what happens in goal.

He was asked before Tuesday's loss to the Colorado Avalanche if he thinks he's too impatient with his goalies. Here's his answer:


The Blackhawks were looking forward to Friday's anticipated matchup against the Red Wings, but there were still questions about the two goals the Los Angeles Kings scored in their victory Wednesday night.


By Ben Meyer-Abbott

Blackhawks backup goalie Ray Emery will get the start Thursday night at the United Center against the Winnipeg Jets.

The Blackhawks cleaned out their lockers, had their final physicals and held individual meetings Thursday at the United Center.

Here is a transcript of coach Joel Quenneville's final meeting with the media of the 2010-11 season:


Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is expected to be released from the hospital in a few days after getting treatment for gastrointestinal bleeding.

Hawks head team physician Michael Terry said Thursday "a small ulcer caused by aspirin" led to the internal bleeding.


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Mark Lazerus was honored nationally by the Associated Press Sports Editors for three straight years at the Post-Tribune, was named one of the top three columnists in Indiana for three straight years and has won more than 20 statewide writing awards. He has covered Notre Dame for Sun-Times Media, and now covers the Blackhawks.



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